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Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Clouds & Minestrone.

It's disgusting out today. Rain, sleet, snow - they call it a "wintry mix". How is it all coming down at the same time? I don't know; I'm not a meteorologist. All I know is that it's icky and it's bad for driving.

On clear days, I love looking up at the clouds. It probably comes from the same part of my personality that stops to smell flowers. There's an impermanent beauty up there that I just want to soak in and appreciate. I remember one Fall day a few weeks ago the entire bright blue sky was covered with these amazing cirrus clouds, as if God had taken a brush coated in pure white paint and just swept it back and forth over the heavens. Beautiful.
Sometimes I'm afraid to learn too much in school. What I learn changes the way I see the world. Ever since my physical geography class, I've seen rocks in a whole new light. When hiking, I know the huge boulders we climb up are really called "erratics" and I know how they got where they are due to glacial activity thousands of years ago.
It's not that I don't want to know such things, I'm just afraid that my "Ooh, pretty clouds!" reaction will be changed to, "Oh, high altitude ice formations. Must be a cold snap coming soon," which is decidedly less romantic.

[insert clever segue]

So here's what I'm eating for lunch on this blustery day. It's awesome; you should try it:

2 tbsp. olive oil
2 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and thickly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced (i use the frozen garlic cubes from Trader Joe's)
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
32oz. vegetable broth
1 can (14.5oz) diced tomatoes, drained
1 can (19oz) canellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 1/2 cup uncooked corkscrew pasta
grated Parmesan cheese

1. Heat oil in saucepot. Add zucchini, garlic and rosemary and cook until tender-crisp.
2. Add broth and tomatoes. Heat to a boil. Cover and cook over low heat 10 min.
3. Stir in beans and pasta. Cook 10 min or until pasta is done. Serve with cheese.

posted by hilary at 12:43 PM |


Blogger Tedd said...

..and thus the saying, "Ignorance is bliss." I know what you mean though. I often have the same regret. I think that is part of what makes being a child so fun; the "why-for?" is allowed to be anything at that point.

1/03/2006 3:43 PM  
Blogger ::Ali:: said...

I TOTALLY agree with you!
Innocence is fun, and that is what it is! I love to look at clouds, smell the flowers, And just like you said at times I hate learning what things are or what they mean.
I like to come up with my own things, Like thunder, you know God is bowling! LOL Silly I know but that is how I was taught not to be afraid and it makes it fun!
Even with food, IF I ENJOY LEAVE IT ALONE..I dont need to know all the crazy little writing..LOL

1/04/2006 12:21 PM  
Blogger :: Java Mama :: said...

There are times when we just know too much. Sometimes they're nice to know things but other times it's best to just see it for what your eyes see!

1/08/2006 11:50 PM  

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